Congratulations to Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty Jean Cook who was promoted from associate professor to full professor effective August 1, 2016.
Dr. Cook joined the faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics and pharmacology and received tenure in 2011. She serves on the faculty of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology and as a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has been active in many committees at the department and school level focused on increasing diversity, and graduate education. Her appointment to full professor is effective August 1, 2016.
Foremost, Dr. Cook is Associate Dean for Graduate Education and is responsible for the umbrella Biological and Biomedical Sciences program which serves 15 different PhD programs; 10 of these are in the School of Medicine. She leads the Office of Graduate Education which provides a broad range of career and professional development resources and coordinates efforts to recruit and retain a diverse biomedical workforce at UNC. She facilitates interactions with other institutions and UNC schools with respect to PhD student training in the biological and biomedical sciences.
Dr. Cook is a UNC alumna, earning a BS with honors in biology. She completed her graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in molecular and cell biology in the laboratory of Jeremy Thorner. She also worked as post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory of Joseph Nevins at Duke University.